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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (holder of the course/lecturer)
Introduction to Visual Anthropology (holder of the course/lecturer)
Anthropology of Medical Systems (holder of the course/lecturer)
Anthropology of Body (postgraduate course) (holder of the course/lecturer)
Tanja Bukovčan was born in 1975 in Zagreb, where she finished high school (International Baccalaureate) and graduated English Language and Literature and Ethnology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2001.
She received her PhD in 2008 from the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the same faculty, with a dissertation in the field of medical anthropology.
Since 2002 she works at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. She is holder and lecturer at three courses: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Visual Anthropology and Anthropology of Medical Systems. The latter two represent innovations in the curriculum and the Introduction to Visual Anthropology has popularized the discipline and encouraged students to participate in festivals of ethnographic films. Some student works were awarded at these festivals.
In April 2010 she became associate professor. The same year she received a post-doctoral scholarship from the Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
She participated in many international conferences (Sydney, Oxford, Honolulu, London, Londonderry, Krakow, Vienna, Bristol, Rome, Paris, Bucharest, Ljubljana, Lisbon).
From 2003 till 2007 as a junior research assistant she collaborates at the research project supervised by dr. Tihana Petrović, and since March 2007 at the research project supervised by dr. Branko Đaković. In 2003 and 2006 she participated as researcher at international scientific project supervised by dr. Daphne Winland from the University of York, Canada.
Dr. Bukovčan translates for Croatian scientific journals, such as Studia Ethnologica Croatica and Etnološka tribina. In 2004 she translated one of the most important theoretical studies in anthropology, Mary Douglas’s Purity and Danger (published by Algoritam). She also translates ethnographic films for Croatian Television.
She organized the cooperation between the Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, and the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology financed by the British Council, as well as two international conferences, one in cooperation with a non-governmental organization, the other in cooperation with the Department of History of Medicine of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Smithsonian Institutions’ National Museum of American History. The focus of interest of both conferences was medical anthropology.
Her scientific interest focuses on applied anthropology. In this respect she collaborates closely with many non-governmental organizations. She is the vice-president of the governing board of the organization Dijete-Razvod (Child-Divorce).
She is the member of the editorial board of Etnološka tribina. She was the member of the selection committee and jury at the Rovinj Festival of Ethnographic Film.
She is the member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF).